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Ralph Becker was once a GOP convention page

>Like almost all of the Utahns in Charlotte, this is Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's first Democratic Convention. But it isn't his first appearance at a national political convention.

In 1968 he worked as a page at the Republican gathering in Miami, which saw Richard Nixon best Nelson Rockefeller for the party's nomination.

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Becker's father, Ralph Becker Sr., was an active Rockefeller Republican in New York and he got his then 16-year-old son the job where he ran errands for party big wigs. The mayor says at the time he "just assumed" he was a Republican.

"I was much more interested in sports and girls than in politics," he said.

Becker ran for, but did not win, a delegate spot for the Democratic Convention in 2008. As the most visible member of Utah's delegation this go around, the mayor is excited, saying: "More than anything, I'm just looking forward to the experience."

-- Matt Canham

Twitter: @mattcanham

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